Doctor Of Business Administration

Provided by PSB Academy


Awarded by Edinburgh Napier University

Course introduction


The Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) is a professional doctoral programme designed to develop applied research for managers in business, public services and non-profit organisations. The programme is aimed at senior managers and leaders currently employed in an organisation that is committed to the continuing development of its employees.

Delegates will be expected to demonstrate their ability to:

undertake research, critical investigation and evaluation of an approved topic in their professional area;
integrate rigorous academic/critical analysis with practical relevance and application;
make meaningful links from the research findings in the thesis/portfolio to the profession; and,
clearly communicate their work and disseminate ideas to fellow professionals in order to develop practice and enhance the professional generally.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Programme Duration
This programme can be completed in 36 months.

The Programme is divided into two stages:

Stage 1 lasts two years and is based on structured learning with specified assessments. Each unit will involve an assessment and successful completion will be confirmed by an Examination Board at the end of Stage 1.
Stage 2 lasts a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years. During the second stage participants complete the main phase of empirical research in their organisation, under the guidance of their supervisory team.
Programme Delivery
The DBA is delivered through regular week-long sessions involving tuition, discussion, reflection, and development. During Stage 1, delegates attend 5 week-long workshops – prime support comes from Unit Tutors, although they are allocated a Supervisory Team at the beginning of the Programme; during Stage 2, they work independently under the guidance of their Supervisory Team, formal contact varies from delegate to delegate, although each Supervisory Team is allocated a total of 60 hours per year to support the delegate in their research (the 60 hours includes reading, review and feedback as well as meetings, in person or via electronic means).

Entry Requirements

Local Student Admission
Admission Requirements

For admission to the DBA programme, applicants should be currently employed in a senior management role and have:-

  • An MBA or a Masters qualification in a relevant area, coupled with relevant work experience in a senior management role (usually 5 years).
  • Exceptionally, applicants who do not have a recognised formal qualification may be considered on the basis of extensive senior management experience and evidence of appropriate academic ability.
Englsh Proficiency Level
Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of an appropriate English language qualification, achieved no more than two years prior to the expected registration date:

i) A minimum IELTS score (or equivalent) of 7.0 or

ii) TOEFL IBT score of at least 90 (or equivalent paper or computer based test) or

iii) Pearsons Test of English score of at least 60, or

iv) Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English score of at least Grade B, or

v) Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English score of at least C.

Applicants who have been taught and assessed in English to UK degree or equivalent level will not be required to undertake the test.

Fees & Funding

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